Jennifer Marshall
Jan
26
12:00 PM12:00

Jennifer Marshall

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Effective Compassion

As vice president of The Heritage Foundation, Jennifer A. Marshall runs the think tank’s Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity. In that capacity, she oversees research into a variety of issues that determine the strength and character of American society.  Issues explored by Institute researchers range from marriage, life, and religious liberty to health, education, and welfare to the application of America’s founding principles to today’s challenges.

Marshall collaborates with Heritage colleagues to explore how moral values and civil society relate to issues such as limited government, a strong national economy and foreign policy. She also edits Heritage’s annual Index of Culture and Opportunity, which tracks key social and economic trends to determine whether important indicators of opportunity in America are on the right track.

In 2010, National Journal named Marshall one of Washington’s 20 “power players” in recognition of her work on school choice and other education reforms.

Before joining Heritage in 2003, Marshall worked on cultural policy issues at Empower America, a free-market think tank. Before that, she was senior director of family studies at the Family Research Council and taught at an American school in Lyon, France.

She has spoken at national and international forums, testified before Congress and appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” and PBS’ “To the Contrary.”

She is the author of “Now and Not Yet: Making Sense of Single Life in the Twenty-First Century” (Multnomah Publishers, 2007). The book evaluates the cultural, practical and spiritual issues that marriage-minded young women confront as the age of first marriage continues to rise in America.

Marshall holds a master of arts in religion from Reformed Theological Seminary, a master’s degree in statecraft and world politics from the Washington-based Institute of World Politics, and a bachelor’s degree in French from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., where she also earned teacher’s certification. She currently resides in Arlington, Va.

Kindly RSVP to rsvp@faithandlaw.org by January 25, 2018.

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Cathy Ruse
Feb
9
12:00 PM12:00

Cathy Ruse

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Arguing Abortion: Fallacies, Facts, and Feminism

Cathy Ruse, Senior Fellow-Legal Studies at the Family Research Council, will give an overview of abortion law, discuss the reality of abortion practice today, and explain the feminist case against abortion.

Mrs. Ruse has devoted her professional career to promoting the dignity of the human person. Her professional experience spans the fields of communication, public policy, and law.

Mrs. Ruse was Chief Counsel to the Constitution Subcommittee in the House of Representatives where she had oversight of civil rights and human rights issues, as well as religious freedom and free speech matters which came before the House.

Mrs. Ruse received her law degree from Georgetown University and a certificate from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy during her work as a litigator in the District of Columbia. She holds an honorary doctoral degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville.

She has published scholarly legal articles on a variety of constitutional issues, has filed "Friend of the Court" briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court in cases involving abortion, euthanasia, and pornography, and has testified as an expert in congressional hearings in the U.S. House and Senate.

Mrs. Ruse served for several years as the chief spokesperson on human life issues for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. She was co-host of the cable television program Legal Notebook, and has made national and international media appearances, including PBS' "Firing Line," CNN's "Crossfire," and Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor," among many others. Her writing has been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Times, and other national and regional newspapers and publications. In 1997, Wired magazine called Mrs. Ruse "one of the most influential opinion shapers in the country."

Mrs. Ruse served as legal director of the Family Research Council in the mid-1990s and was legal counsel and program director for the National Law Center for Children and Families, a law firm devoted to strengthening and defending laws against pornography.

In 2004 she and her husband, Austin Ruse, received the John Paul II Award for Advancing the Culture of Life from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. In 2006 they received the Defender of Life Award from American Collegians for Life.

Kindly RSVP by Thursday, February 8th to rsvp@faithandlaw.org.

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Os Guinness
Feb
23
12:00 PM12:00

Os Guinness

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Is Evangelicalism outdated? Facing up to times of public shame, rejection and hostility

Os Guinness is an author and social critic. Great-great-great grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer, he was born in China in World War Two where his parents were medical missionaries. A witness to the climax of the Chinese revolution in 1949, he was expelled with many other foreigners in 1951 and returned to Europe where he was educated in England. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of London and his D.Phil in the social sciences from Oriel College, Oxford.

Os has written or edited more than thirty books, including The CallTime for Truth, Long Journey Home, Unspeakable, A Free People’s Suicide, The Global Public Square, and Renaissance. His latest book is Fool’s Talk – The Recovery of Christian Persuasion, which was published by InterVarsity Press in June, 2015.

Before moving to the United States in 1984, Os was a freelance reporter with the BBC. Since then he has been a Guest Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies, a Guest Scholar and Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum and the EastWest Institute in New York. From 1986 to 1989, Os served as Executive Director of the Williamsburg Charter Foundation, a bicentennial celebration of the First Amendment. In this position he helped to draft “The Williamsburg Charter” and later “The Global Charter of Conscience,” which was published at the European Union Parliament in 2012. Os has spoken at dozens of the world’s major universities, and spoken widely to political and business conferences on many issues, including religious freedom, across the world. He is currently a senior fellow at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics in Oxford, though he still lives with his wife Jenny in the Washington, DC, area.

Kindly RSVP to rsvp@faithandlaw.org by Thursday, February 22nd.

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Pastor Brett Fuller
Mar
16
12:00 PM12:00

Pastor Brett Fuller

Race, Racism, Racial Reconciliation, and the Church

Pastor Brett Fuller is the Senior Pastor of Grace Covenant Church.  He currently serves as the North American Leadership Team Director for Every Nation Churches, and as Chaplain of the Washington Redskins.  From 2005 to 2014 he served as Chaplain for the National Association of Basketball Coaches.  In 2000, he initiated a bill in Congress to build a memorial honoring the African American Slaves who helped build America. Though the bill was never passed, he still hopes to complete the mission.  Also, from 2007-2009 he served on President George Bush's Advisory Board for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  He has written two devotional books:  Live Well and Relate Well.

He and his lovely wife of 30 years, Cynthia,  frequently conduct marriage and family seminars.  Brett also coordinates relational and professional development seminars helping leaders in every walk of life to become better leaders.  He and his bride reside in Chantilly, VA and have parented 7 children.

Kindly RSVP by Thursday, March 15 to rsvp@faithandlaw.org.

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Marvin Olasky
Mar
30
12:00 PM12:00

Marvin Olasky

The Tragedies of Compassionate Conservatism

A 1990s Republican Revolution in helping the poor came close to critical mass but then fizzled: The result was tragic for poor people, for idealistic reformers, for the GOP, and for America generally. We’ll look at how and why that happened, and whether Christians can help to revive the spirit of those years at a time when callous conservatism seems to reign.

Marvin Olasky is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. His latest book is World View: Seeking Grace and Truth in Our Common Life

Kindly RSVP by Thursday, March 29th to rsvp@faithandlaw.org.

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Dr. Eric Patterson
Apr
20
12:00 PM12:00

Dr. Eric Patterson

Christian Just War Thinking for Today

Dr. Eric Patterson will discuss just war thinking within the context of a Christian worldview and our current political climate.

Dr. Eric Patterson is dean of the Robertson School of Government at Regent University. His research and teaching focus on religion and politics, ethics and international affairs, and just-war theory in the context of contemporary conflict. Prior to his arrival at Regent, Patterson served as associate director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs and visiting assistant professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. As part of the Berkley Center's Government Outreach program he has spoken and led seminars at the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis), the Armed Forces Chaplains Center, National Defense University, the Pentagon, the Naval Postgraduate School, the Foreign Service Institute, and other government venues.

Patterson has considerable U.S. government experience. He served as a White House Fellow and special assistant to the director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and has spent two stints in the State Department's Bureau of Political and Military Affairs. He continues to serve as an officer and commander in the Air National Guard.

Patterson is the author or editor of 10 books, including most recently: Ending Wars Well: Just War Thinking and Post-Conflict (Yale University Press, 2012) and Ethics Beyond War's End (Georgetown University Press, 2012.) He has also edited two volumes on Christian realism and has been published in numerous journals including Survival, International Studies Perspectives, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, International Politics, Journal of Diplomacy and International Affairs, and Journal of Political Science, among others.

Kindly RSVP by Thursday, April 19th to rsvp@faithandlaw.org.

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Alan Sears
Jun
8
12:00 PM12:00

Alan Sears

The Power of Perseverance

Alan Sears serves as founder of Alliance Defending Freedom, building on his experience as longtime leader of the organization to strengthen alliances, forge new relationships, and develop the resources needed to ensure the ministry’s capacity to respond to opportunities. As the first president, CEO, and general counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom, Sears led all strategic initiatives from 1993-2017.

In his 23 years at the helm, he built an ADF team committed to a comprehensive legal strategy that includes training, funding, and legal advocacy—resulting in important roles in 49 victories at the U.S. Supreme Court, including Town of Greece v. Galloway and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell in the 2013-2014 term, Reed v. Town of Gilbert in the 2014-2015 term, and Geneva College v. Burwell and Southern Nazarene University v. Burwell in the 2015-2016 term. 

Under Sears’ leadership, ADF attorneys won more than three out of four cases in which they participated and successfully defended marriage as the union between one man and one woman in 50 cases nationwide. The ministry also funded more than 3,000 grants and legal projects for allied lawyers and organizations.

Beginning with the launch of ADF in 1994, Sears provided strategic leadership in the training of 1,923 lawyers from 45 countries through the one-of-a-kind Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Academy, designed to ensure attorneys are fully equipped to defend religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage and family. These attorneys have reported more than $200 million in pro-bono/dedicated time.

Sears’ visionary efforts also resulted in the graduation of more than 1,800 outstanding law students—representing 227 schools and 21 countries—from the world-class Blackstone Legal Fellowship leadership-training program. This in-depth summer internship program helps equip these students to assume leadership positions to shape the future of law and culture across the globe.

Sears earned his Juris Doctor from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. While serving in numerous positions within the Reagan and Bush administrations, he worked for the Department of Justice under Attorneys General William French Smith and Edwin Meese III, including service as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of the Criminal Section for the Western District of Kentucky. Sears was appointed director of the Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography and served as associate solicitor with the Department of Interior under Secretary Donald Hodel. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Sears has continued his education with professional instruction at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, and Pepperdine University.

Practicing law for four decades, Sears is a member in good standing with the American, Arizona, California, District of Columbia (inactive), and Kentucky bar associations. He has helped fashion the language for numerous state and federal laws and has testified before committees of the U.S. House and Senate, state legislatures, and many local governments and commissions. Legislators in 20 states have adopted his policy recommendations. Sears has assisted legislators and law enforcement officials from many countries and has spoken before committees of the British Parliament and the Vatican.

Sears’ numerous media appearances include television interviews and features on The Today ShowNightline, CNN, Fox News, C-SPAN, The O’Reilly FactorOprah, and Lou Dobbs Tonight. He has been a guest on radio programs, including The Laura Ingraham ShowNational Public RadioThe Hugh Hewitt Show, and The Dennis Prager Show. He has been profiled extensively by The New York TimesThe Washington Post, the Associated PressThe Washington TimesThe Seattle Post-IntelligencerThe Arizona Republic, and National Catholic Register. Sears has co-authored several books, including The Homosexual Agenda: Exposing the Principal Threat to Religious Freedom Today and The ACLU vs. America, both with Craig Osten.  His most recent books are In Justice and Trial and Error.

Kindly RSVP by Thursday, June 7th to rsvp@faithandlaw.org.

 

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Cherie Harder and Mark Strand
Jan
12
12:00 PM12:00

Cherie Harder and Mark Strand

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Civility is Needed Most When it's Most Difficult

Cherie Harder serves as President of the Trinity Forum. Prior to joining the Trinity Forum in 2008, Ms. Harder served in the White House as Special Assistant to the President and Director of Policy and Projects for First Lady Laura Bush.

Earlier in her career she served as Policy Advisor to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, advising the Leader on domestic social issues and serving as liaison and outreach director to outside groups. From 2001 to 2005, she was Senior Counselor to the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, where she helped the Chairman design and launch the We the People initiative to enhance the teaching, study, and understanding of American history. Prior to that Ms. Harder was the Policy Director for Senator Sam Brownback and also served as Deputy Policy Director at Empower America.

Ms. Harder has contributed articles to publications including Policy Review, Human Events, the Harvard Political Review, and various newspapers, as well as a chapter on fashion to the volume Building a Healthy Culture (Eerdmans 2001). Her ghost-written speeches and articles have appeared in Vital Speeches of the Day, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, and others.

She holds an Honors B.A. (magna cum laude) in government from Harvard University and a post-graduate diploma in literature from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, where she was a Rotary Scholar. She serves on the board of Gordon College, the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution, and Faith and Law; and on the advisory boards of the National Civic Art Society and the National Museum of American Religion.

Ms. Harder was raised in New Mexico and currently lives in Northern Virginia.

Mark Strand became President of the Congressional Institute in 2007. Founded in 1987, the Congressional Institute is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to helping Members of Congress better serve their constituents and helping their constituents better understand the operations of the national legislature.

Strand is also an adjunct professor of legislative affairs at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, and the coauthor of the book Surviving Inside Congress. He also writes a blog, The Sausage Factory, that provides an inside look at legislative strategies and procedures (http://conginst.org/news-feed/).

Strand spent nearly 24 years on Capitol Hill in both the House and the Senate, most recently serving as Chief of Staff to Senator James Talent (R-MO). He served as the Staff Director of the House Committee on Small Business when Talent was Chairman. He was also chief of staff for Reps. Bill Lowery (R-CA) and Stan Parris (R-VA). He has also served as a Legislative Director and a Press Secretary.

During a brief interlude from the Hill from 2001-2002, Strand was Vice-President of Government Affairs for the American Water Works Company – the largest publicly held water utility in the United States.

Strand obtained a master’s in Legislative Affairs from GWU’s Graduate School of Political Management, an M.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Phoenix, and was an undergraduate double major in Political Science and History at Excelsior College of the University of New York.

Strand regularly speaks to organizations about how Congress works (or doesn’t). Besides speaking and lecturing on legislative politics, Strand teaches courses on “Surviving Inside Congress” to new Hill staff, government affairs employees and Washington-based diplomats. In addition, he regularly works with Congressional offices on management issues.

 

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Victor Boutros
Dec
8
12:00 PM12:00

Victor Boutros

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Slavery’s End:

Why Human Trafficking Thrives and the Path to Freedom

Victor Boutros, Founding Director of The Human Trafficking Institute and co-author of The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence, will discuss the modern day slavery of human trafficking -- why it still exists, and a path to freedom for its victims. 

The Human Trafficking Institute exists to decimate modern slavery at its source by empowering police and prosecutors to stop traffickers. Working inside criminal justice systems, the Institute provides the embedded experts, world-class training, investigative resources, and evidence-based research necessary to free victims.

Mr. Boutros previously served as a federal prosecutor who investigated and tried international human trafficking cases of national significance around the country on behalf of the United States Department of Justice’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit. He has taught human trafficking at the FBI Academy in Quantico, trained law enforcement professionals in the United States and other countries on how to investigate and prosecute human trafficking, and taught trial advocacy to lawyers from Latin America, South and Southeast Asia, and Africa.

Prior to his work with the Justice Department, Mr. Boutros spent time on similar issues in the developing world. He has worked on improving prison conditions in Ecuador, documented bonded slaves in India, and worked on human trafficking issues as a visiting lawyer with the National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa.

Mr. Boutros is a graduate of Baylor University, Harvard University, Oxford University, and the University of Chicago, where he was as an editor of the University of Chicago Law Review and received a grant to research human trafficking as a Human Rights Research Fellow. He has written on foreign affairs and human rights, including a feature article in Foreign Affairs and a piece co-authored with John Richmond in the AntiTrafficking Review, and developed and taught a course on human rights, human trafficking, and rule of law in the developing world at the University of Chicago Law School. Mr. Boutros has spoken to international bodies, legislators, think tanks, universities and professional schools.

Mr. Boutros and his family live in the metro Washington, D.C. area. 

Kindly RSVP to rsvp@faithandlaw.org by Thursday, December 7th.

 

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Joe Hartman
Nov
17
12:00 PM12:00

Joe Hartman

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Momentous: Key Supreme Court Cases for the 2017-18 Term

Joseph Hartman teaches constitutional law in the Georgetown University Department of Government, where he earned his Ph.D. in political theory in 2015.  He also holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and spent a decade in the private practice of law in Washington, D.C.

Please RSVP to rsvp@faithandlaw.org by Thursday, November 16th.

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Suzanne Scholte
Nov
3
12:00 PM12:00

Suzanne Scholte

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In this lecture, Suzanne K. Scholte, President of the Defense Forum Foundation, will discuss "The Spiritual Struggle over North Korea" and why Christians are called to the battle.

Suzanne K. Scholte is considered one of the world’s leading activist in the North Korea human rights movement having worked for over 18 years to promote the freedom, human rights and dignity of the North Korean people. Scholte began a program in 1996 to host the first North Korean defectors in the United States to speak out about the atrocities being committed against the people of North Korea including the political prison camps and the horrific treatment of refugees. She has led international efforts to pressure China to end their horrific repatriation policy and has been involved in the rescue of hundreds of North Koreans escaping from North Korea. Currently, she serves as President of the Defense Forum Foundation; Chairman, North Korea Freedom Coalition; Vice-Chairman, Committee for Human Rights in North Korea; and Honorary Chairman, Free North Korea Radio

She is the recipient of the 2008 Seoul Peace Prize Laureate, 2010 Walter Judd Freedom Award, 2013 Order of Diplomatic Service Merit Sungnye Medal from the Republic of Korea, 2014 Sanders Peace and Social Justice Award, and the Volunteer Service (Gold) Award from the President of the United States. She was made an Honorary Citizen of Seoul in 2008. Scholte is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and received an Honorary Doctorate in Education from Koshin University.

Kindly RSVP to rsvp@faithandlaw.org by Thursday, November 2nd.

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Joe Loconte
Oct
27
12:00 PM12:00

Joe Loconte

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The Luther Option: How Martin Luther's Reformation Transformed the World

In recognition of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Dr. Joseph Loconte will address Faith & Law on "How Martin Luther's Reformation Transformed the World."  As the lecture title suggests, Loconte will gently push back against Rod Dreher's "Benedict Option."  One of the first things Luther did as he secured his position in Germany was to abolish all of the monastic orders.  Loconte will explain why Luther chose this course of action.

Joseph Loconte, PhD, is an Associate Professor of History at The King’s College in New York City, where he teaches courses on Western Civilization, American Foreign Policy, and International Human Rights. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918(Harper Collins, 2015) and winner of the 2017 Best Article award from the Tolkien Society for his article How J.R.R. Tolkien Found Mordor on the Western Front.

Dr. Loconte previously served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, where he taught on religion and public policy. He was a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., and from 1999-2006 he held the first chair in religion and civil society as the William E. Simon Fellow at the Heritage Foundation.

Dr. Loconte’s other books include: God, Locke, and Liberty: The Struggle for Religious Freedom in the West(Lexington Books, 2014); The Searchers: A Quest for Faith in the Valley of Doubt (Thomas Nelson, 2012); The End of Illusions: Religious Leaders Confront Hitler’s Gathering Storm (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004); and Seducing the Samaritan: How Government Contracts Are Reshaping Social Services (The Pioneer Institute, 1997).

Dr. Loconte’s commentary on religion and public life appears in the nation’s leading media outlets, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the National Interest, the Weekly Standard, and National Review. He is also a regular contributor to the London-based Standpoint and the Huffington Post. For 10 years he served as a commentator for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.

Dr. Loconte has testified before Congress on international human rights and served as a human rights expert on the 2005 Congressional Task Force on the United Nations, contributing to its final report, “American Interests and U.N. Reform.” From 2001-2003, he was an informal advisor to the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. More recently, he was a speechwriter for British MP Andrew Mitchell, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development. He now serves as a senior fellow at the Trinity Forum and as an affiliated scholar at the John Jay Institute.

A native of Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Loconte divides his time between New York City and Washington, D.C.

Kindly RSVP by Thursday, October 26th to rsvp@faithandlaw.org.

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David Barton
Oct
13
12:00 PM12:00

David Barton

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Restoring American Exceptionalism

In this lecture, David Barton will explore the roots of America as the exception rather than the rule among the nations of the world. He states that our exceptionalism encompasses great diversity of race, ethnicity, and religion, and has benefited every American.

Barton asserts that today, American Exceptionalism is no longer understood or venerated. Following several decades of indoctrination in both education and politics, many Americans now seem ashamed of their country and feel compelled to apologize to others for it. He contends that we have been taught America's flaws but little of its matchless benefits.

What produced the blessings we take for granted that so many other nations only dream of? Barton believes the answer is found in five principles set forth in the Declaration of Independence. He argues that if we discover these principles, we will learn what every citizen can do to restore America's greatness.

David Barton is the Founder and President of WallBuilders, a national pro-family organization that presents America's forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious and constitutional heritage.

He is the author of numerous best-selling books, with the subjects being drawn largely from his massive library of tens of thousands of original writings from the Founding Era. He also addresses well over 400 groups each year.

His exhaustive research has rendered him an expert in historical and constitutional issues and he serves as a consultant to state and federal legislators, has participated in several cases at the Supreme Court, was involved in the development of the History/Social Studies standards for states such as Texas and California, and has helped produce history textbooks now used in schools across the nation.

A national news organization has described him as "America's historian," and Time Magazine called him "a hero to millions - including some powerful politicians. In fact, Time Magazinenamed him as one of America's 25 most influential evangelicals.

David has received numerous national and international awards, including Who's Who in Education, DAR's Medal of Honor, and the George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. His work in media has merited several Angel Awards, Telly Awards, and the Dove Foundation Seal of Approval.

David and his wife Cheryl reside in Aledo, Texas, they have three grown, married children (Damaris, Timothy, and Stephen), and three grandchildren.

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Jay Richards
Sep
29
12:00 PM12:00

Jay Richards

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Why Machines Won't Replace Us: A Defense of Human Uniqueness

In this lecture, Dr. Jay W. Richards will give highlights from his upcoming book on human uniqueness and the claim that machines will replace us.  He will show how the Christian understanding of the human person helps provide guidance in the debate about artificial intelligence and automation, and how to respond to it.

A thousand futurists predict that in the next few decades, machines will take over even more of our work, leaving mass joblessness in its wake. How should we respond to these claims? It’s true that machines will do many tasks we imagined could only be done by people. But many of these claims are based on a materialistic view of the human person that contradicts both faith and reason.

Dr. Richards will argue that we do need to prepare for massive job disruption. And we'll need to adapt by focusing on key virtues that separate man from machine. But machines will never replace us.

Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., is the Executive Editor of The Stream. He is an Assistant Research Professor in the School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America and a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute. He is author of many books including the New York Times bestsellers Infiltrated (2013), and Indivisible (2012), co-authored with James Robison. He is also the author of Money, Greed, and God, winner of a 2010 Templeton Enterprise Award; and co-author of The Privileged Planet with astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez. His most recent book, co-authored with Jonathan Witt, is The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom that J.R.R. Tolkien Got and the West Forgot. He has a Ph.D., with honors, in philosophy and theology from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Please RSVP by Thursday, September 28th to rsvp@faithandlaw.org.

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Bill Haley
Sep
8
12:00 PM12:00

Bill Haley

The Hill as Your School of Spiritual Formation

The Rev. Bill Haley is Executive Director of Coracle and the Associate Rector at The Falls Church Anglican.  A graduate of Bethel College (1991) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (magna cum laude, 1994), he is an Anglican priest and spiritual director, having completed his training with the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation (2007). His life has been profoundly shaped by many international experiences, particularly in places of deep brokenness in the world, and he has devoted many years to ministering in urban contexts, especially in inner-city Washington DC. With his wife Tara and four kids, Bill lives at Corhaven in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.

Since 1996 he has ministered with The Falls Church in a number of different capacities.  Bill was the founding Rector of St. Brendan’s in the City in Washington DC.  He recently served as the Director of Formation for The Washington Institute and  previously served as president of The Regeneration Forum and publisher of re:generation quarterly, a magazine devoted to “community transforming culture”.  He has also served on staff at the Servant Leadership School of Church of the Savior, was a founding board member and then President of the Southeast DC Partners, and is currently a US Trustee of the Anglican Relief and Development Fund and on the Advisory Council for The Telos Group. Because of such diverse experiences in life and around the world, and so many questions to ask, and so many things that matter, Bill’s life has been fired by the phrase “in Christ all things hold together.” He wants to be able to live and say with the same passion of St. Paul, “It is no longer I who live, it is Christ who lives in me.”

Bill's publications include articles in The Washington Post,  re:generation quarterly, Prism and Sojourners magazines, Inward/Outward of The Servant Leadership School, The Cry of Word Made Flesh, and with The Washington Institute.   He has compiled several original editions of poetry and prayers. His interests include outdoor sports, especially fly-fishing, the visual arts and music, reading, writing, and long conversations over a good cup of coffee (or wine).

RSVP to rsvp@faithandlaw.org by Thursday, September 7th.

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Brian Fikkert
Jul
28
12:00 PM12:00

Brian Fikkert

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor...and Yourself

The Bible is quite clear that God has a special concern for people who are poor, and followers of Jesus Christ must show the same concern. We must act. We must do something. But how we go about working with poor people really matters, for good intentions are not enough. It is entirely possible to hurt poor people -- and ourselves -- in the very process of trying to do good. 

 Based on the author's best-selling book,  When Helping Hurts, this presentation explores the key principles for bringing lasting change to low-income individuals and communities.

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Michael Wear
Jul
21
12:00 PM12:00

Michael Wear

How Our Politics is Harming Our Spirit

Michael Wear shares ideas from his recent book, Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America. He suggests the “state of our politics is a reflection of the state of our souls,” and urges a renewal of Christian intention in public things. 

Michael Wear is the founder of Public Square Strategies LLC, and a leading expert and strategist at the intersection of faith, politics and American public life. As one of President Obama's "ambassadors to America's believers" (Buzzfeed), Michael directed faith outreach for President Obama’s historic 2012 re-election campaign. Michael was also one of the youngest White House staffers in modern American history: he served in the White House faith-based initiative during President Obama’s first term, where he led evangelical outreach and helped manage The White House’s engagement on religious and values issues, including adoption and anti-human trafficking efforts.

Today, Public Square Strategies LLC is a sought-after firm that helps religious organizations, political organizations, businesses and others effectively navigate the rapidly changing American religious and political landscape.

Michael is the author of Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America. He also writes for The Atlantic, Christianity Today, USA Today, Relevant Magazine and other publications on faith, politics and culture. He serves on the national board of Bethany Christian Services, the nation's largest adoption agency, and holds an honorary position at the University of Birmingham’s Cadbury Center for the Public Understanding of Religion. Michael and his wife, Melissa, are both proud natives of Buffalo, New York. They now reside in Washington, D.C.

Please RSVP to rsvpfaithandlaw@gmail.com by July 20th.

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The Trials and Tribulations of Living an Ethical Life on Capitol Hill:  Lessons from Capitol Hill Veterans
Jul
7
12:00 PM12:00

The Trials and Tribulations of Living an Ethical Life on Capitol Hill: Lessons from Capitol Hill Veterans

Faith & Law will host a panel of Capitol Hill Veterans, moderated by John Palafoutas, founder of Faith & Law, to explore the "Trials and Tribulations of Living an Ethical Life on Capitol Hill."  These former senior staffers will share their stories of success and failure as they navigated the ethical waters of the Hill.     

Panelists include:

Arne Christenson, former Chief of Staff to then Speaker Newt Gingrich

Katherine Haley, former Chief Policy Adviser for then Speaker of the House John Boehner

Cherie Harder, former Policy Advisor to then Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist

Kerry Knott, former Chief of Staff to then Majority Leader Dick Armey

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Former Congressman Joe Pitts
Jun
16
12:00 PM12:00

Former Congressman Joe Pitts

Staying the Course: Stories and Wisdom from 44 Years of Faith in Politics

Congressman Joe Pitts served in the United States House of Representatives for 20 years and before that served for 24 years in the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives.  He retired in 2017 as a respected statesman known for his strong Christian faith and his commitment to advancing Judeo-Christian values in government and society.  

Joe Pitts now offers his wisdom and experience to the next generation through Asbury University's Joe Pitts Center for Public Affairs.  The Pitts Center is designed to educate, motivate, and launch young, conservative Christians into the field of public service.  It will emphasize three core causes, which are the longstanding passions of Congressman Pitts:  humanitarian relief, human trafficking and religious liberties.

Having served on the frontline of the culture and legislative wars of the last 40 years, Joe has a unique insight into the proper role of Christians in public life and government and how to effectively advocate for our religious freedoms and values.  His views on biblical Christian citizenship and how we, as believers, should engage with our government to protect our rights are desperately needed in this current cultural and political climate.

 

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Dr. Jay Jakub
Jun
2
12:00 PM12:00

Dr. Jay Jakub

"Jubilee Economics:  A More Complete Form of Capitalism"

Dr. Jay Jakub has just released a new book, with Bruno Roche, entitled, "Completing Capitalism: Heal Business to Heal the World."  This work has been hailed as "A major breakthrough on creating an economy that works for all."

Jay is the Senior Director for External Research at Catalyst, serving Catalyst in multiple capacities.  First, he functions as the ‘COO’ of the team, assisting the Managing Director in all facets of management and planning.  In his external research capacity, he line manages those charged with leading Catalyst’s quantitative and qualitative research programs, and he oversees / leads the recruitment and management of the unit’s large and growing stable of multidisciplinary external partners (fellows) from academia, international organizations, NGOs, other think tanks, etc.   Finally, Jay co-manages Catalyst's Mutuality Lab and line manages the director of the Culture Lab.  His doctorate is from Oxford University, St. John's College, and prior to joining Mars Catalyst at the start of 2007, he spent nearly two decades in various government positions in the US executive and legislative branches. He is married to Eleni with whom he has two teenage children.  Jay is based in the Mars, Incorporated global headquarters in McLean, Virginia outside Washington, D.C..  

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Dr. Kent R. Hill
May
19
12:00 PM12:00

Dr. Kent R. Hill

The title of this lecture is, "The Future of Christianity in the Middle East and How to Deal with Violent Islamic Extremism."

With massive displacements of Christians in Iraq and Syria, and recent violence against the Copts in Egypt, will Christianity survive in the Middle East? Kent Hill will provide a brief survey of Christianity in the Middle East. Then, with a special focus on what it will take to undermine violent Islamic extremism, he will address how Christians in the west can help. A particular area he will consider is whether the core problem is extremism or Islam itself. Without addressing this issue, Dr. Hill believes a way forward will not be found.  

Kent Hill joined the Religious Freedom Insitute after six years as Senior Vice President at World Vision, one of the largest faith-based relief and development organizations in the world. He also served for eight years as Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), responsible for U.S. foreign assistance to Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and, subsequently, all USAID health programs worldwide. Earlier in his career, Dr. Hill was President of Eastern Nazarene College, and President of D.C.'s Institute on Religion and Democracy. In 2010, as a Vice President at the John Templeton Foundation, Hill, along with Tom Farr, conceived Georgetown's Religious Freedom Project and secured funding to launch the project. Dr. Hill has published a book on Christianity and the Soviet Union. His Ph.D. is from the University of Washington.

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Daniel Dreisbach
May
12
12:00 PM12:00

Daniel Dreisbach

  • 385 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC (map)
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Professor Dreisbach earned a doctor of philosophy degree from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia. His principal research interests include American constitutional law and history, First Amendment law, church-state relations, and criminal procedure. He has authored or edited ten books and numerous articles in scholarly journals. Among the courses he teaches are Introduction to Law, American Legal Culture, Issues in Civil Justice, Law and Religion, and the Constitution and Criminal Procedure. Professor Dreisbach is a past recipient of American University’s highest faculty award: Scholar/Teacher of the Year.

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Former Congressman Frank Wolf
Apr
28
12:00 PM12:00

Former Congressman Frank Wolf

Congressman Frank Wolf is Distinguished Senior Fellow of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative.  He was elected to Congress in 1981 and served Virginia’s 10th District for 17 terms.  Wolf authored the International Religious Freedom Act and legislation to create a U.S. State Department special envoy to advocate for religious minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia.  The founder and co-chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, Wolf’s honors include the 2015 Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom at Baylor University, the Presidential Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights, and the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview’s William Wilberforce Award.

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Dr. Calvin Beisner
Mar
24
12:00 PM12:00

Dr. Calvin Beisner

Caring for Creation, Caring for the Poor: A Biblical, Scientific, and Economic Perspective on Climate and Energy Policy.

E. Calvin Beisner, Ph.D., is spokesman for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation and an author and speaker on the application of the biblical world view, theology, and ethics to economics, government, and environmental policy. He has testified as an expert witness on the ethics and economics of climate and energy policy before congressional committees, delivered a paper on the subject for the Pontifical Institute for Justice and Peace, and lectured on it for five of the International Conferences on Climate Change. He has published over ten books and hundreds of articles, contributed to or edited dozens of others, and been a guest on television and radio programs. A former seminary and Christian college professor and church planter, he has spoken to churches, universities, conferences, and other groups around the country for nearly thirty years.

Dr. Beisner will discuss arguments about the causes, magnitude, and risks of climate change. He will review the human contribution to global warming and argue that it is likely to be more beneficial than harmful. He will also address expectations that the Trump Administration will pursue a very different course on climate and energy than the Obama Administration and suggest how Christians, well informed by Biblical worldview as well as sound science and economics, should approach the issue.

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Mindy Belz
Mar
10
12:00 PM12:00

Mindy Belz

  • 342 Dirksen Building Washington, DC (map)
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As the editor of World magazine and writer for the publication since 1986, Mindy has covered war in the Balkans, Sudan, Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan and has given on-the-ground news coverage from Nigeria, Egypt, Turkey, and elsewhere. Her reporting has been published in the United States and overseas and been featured in publications such as The Weekly Standard. Mindy has appeared on national television and radio talk shows and speaks frequently about persecution and survival in the Middle East. Belz and her husband have four children and live in Asheville, NC.

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Fred Barnes
Feb
24
12:00 PM12:00

Fred Barnes

  • HC-8, The Capitol Washington, DC (map)
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Fred Barnes is executive editor of The Weekly Standard, which he cofounded in 1995. From 1985 to 1995, he was senior editor and White House correspondent for the New Republic. He covered the Supreme Court and the White House for the Washington Star before moving to the Baltimore Sun in 1979. He served as the national political correspondent for the Sun and wrote the "Presswatch" media column for the American Spectator.

Barnes appears regularly on the Fox News Channel. From 1988 to 1998 he was a regular panelist on the McLaughlin Group. He has also appeared on NightlineMeet the Press, Face the Nation, and the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

Barnes graduated from the University of Virginia and was a Neiman Fellow at Harvard University.

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Os Guinness
Jan
27
12:00 PM12:00

Os Guinness


Guinness is a senior fellow at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics in Oxford. His lecture is entitled: "Exodus: The master story of American freedom." Most supporters and critics of the slogan "Make America Great Again" assume that they know what once made America great, and what made America in the first place. Yet most, in fact, are wrong, and the answer is a surprising tribute to the Reformation on the occasion of its 500th anniversary.

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Patrick Trueman
Dec
9
12:00 PM12:00

Patrick Trueman

As president of the National Center of Sexual Exploitation, Patrick Trueman spearheads efforts to change corporate policies that facilitate sexual exploitation through the Dirty Dozen List. This aggressive project, educates executives, galvanizes public attention, and spurs popular actions to defend human dignity. Under his leadership, NCOSE has produced policy improvements at a wide range of notable institutions, including Google, Wal-Mart, the Department of Justice, Verizon, the Federal Communications Commission, and more.

In 2015, Mr. Trueman established the NCOSE Law Center, which serves as a resource for legal efforts to combat illegal pornography, sexually oriented businesses, and to bring innovative lawsuits against public institutions facilitating sexual exploitation. In 2010, he founded PornHarmsResearch.com to provide peer-reviewed research and talking points on the harms of pornography.

On a global level, Mr. Trueman leads NCOSE’s Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation, an international coalition, which boasts nearly 300 organizations and academic experts who are committed to sharing strategies and resources for combating public & private harms caused by pornography.

Patrick Trueman is a former Chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Criminal Division at the U. S. Department of Justice from 1988 to 1993. While there, he supervised the prosecution of child sex crimes, child pornography, and obscenity. He managed an office of twenty of prosecutors and support staff, and worked with the nation’s ninety-three United States Attorneys to initiate and coordinate federal prosecutions.

During his 37 years as a lawyer, he litigated cases at all levels of the federal system, including in the United States Supreme Court. He has been an advisor to many municipalities on First Amendment law and has helped draft ordinances to end or curb the impact of sexually oriented businesses such as pornography shops, strip clubs, and related establishments. A recognized international expert, Mr. Trueman has traveled to Europe, South American, the Middle East, and other areas to speak about human trafficking or the effects of television sex and violence on the family.

Mr. Trueman served as chief of staff to a Member of the United States Congress. From 1976 to 1982, he was Executive Director and General Counsel to Americans United for Life, a national public interest law firm in Chicago. He lives just outside Washington, D.C., and is married to Laura Clay Trueman. Laura and Pat Trueman have three children, Patrick, Claire, and Elizabeth.

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Pete Wehner - Postponed
Oct
21
12:00 PM12:00

Pete Wehner - Postponed

Peter Wehner is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He writes widely on political, cultural, religious, and national-security issues. He has written for numerous publications—including the New York TimesWall Street JournalWashington PostFinancial Times, the Weekly StandardCommentaryNational AffairsChristianity Today and Time magazine. In 2015 he was named a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. He has also appeared as a commentator on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN television and appears frequently on national talk radio programs. In 2011 Forbes magazine featured Mr. Wehner on a short list of conservatism’s leading “educators and practitioners of first principles.” He was described this way: “Author, commentator, problem solver, prolific, daily provider of concise, reasoned, artful analysis and argument; gentle giant of a thinker at the intersection of politics and policy.” He has been named by several magazines as one of the handful of most influential reform-minded conservatives.

Mr. Wehner served in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush Administrations prior to becoming deputy director of speechwriting for President George W. Bush. In 2002, he was asked to head the Office of Strategic Initiatives, where he generated policy ideas, reached out to public intellectuals, published op-eds and essays, and provided counsel on a range of domestic and international issues. He was also a senior adviser to the Romney-Ryan 2012 presidential campaign.

Mr. Wehner is author of City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era (co-authored with Michael J. Gerson) and Wealth and Justice: The Morality of Democratic Capitalism (co-authored with Arthur C. Brooks).

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Dr. Sebastian Gorka
Sep
30
12:00 PM12:00

Dr. Sebastian Gorka

Sebastian L. Gorka, Ph.D. serves as the Vice President and Professor of Strategy and Irregular Warfare at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC. Previously, he was the Major General Matthew C. Horner Distinguished Chair of Military Theory at Marine Corps University where he provided courses and lectures on Irregular Warfare. Before that, he was Associate Dean of Congressional Affairs and Relations to the Special Operations Community at National Defense University.

He is an internationally recognized authority on issues of national security, irregular warfare, terrorism and democratization and has testified before Congress and briefed the CIA, ODNI, NCTC, NIC, and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. His website,TheGorkaBriefing.com, is a collection of his national security commentary and analysis. He served as a subject matter expert for the Office of the US Attorney in Boston for the Tsarnaev trial.

Dr. Gorka is an Adjunct Professor with USSOCOM’s Joint Special Operations University where he serves as Lead Instructor for the Special Operations Combating Terrorism (SOCbT) course, as well as the interagency and senior/executive counterterrorism courses. He is also an Adjunct Professor in National Security at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, and is a regular instructor with the US Army’s Special Warfare Center and School in Fort Bragg and for the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division.

Dr. Gorka has advised the Office of the Secretary of Defense regarding the draft guidance for US Strategic Communications and was consulted by USSOCOM during the drafting of the new Joint Operating Concept for Irregular Warfare. He is currently heading up a strategic support project for US Army Special Operations Command as part of Lt. General Charles Cleveland’s Army Special Operations Forces 2022 initiative. Dr. Gorka is a recipient of the Department of Defense Joint Civilian Service Commendation, awarded by US Special Operation Command.

Dr. Gorka currently serves as the Chairman of the Threat Knowledge Group (ThreatKnowledge.org) based in McLean, VA, which provides high-level training and analysis at the strategic and operational level to those in the Defense, Intelligence, Law Enforcement and Homeland Security communities. He is the co-author of the public TKG reports, “ISIS: The Threat to the United States,” and “The Islamic State and Information Warfare: Defeating ISIS and the Broader Global Jihadist Movement.”

Previously, he served as the founding Director of the Institute for Transitional Democracy and International Security, the Director for the Center for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Democracy, and the Director and Military Affairs Fellow for the National Security Fellowship Program at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. He spent four years on the faculty of the Program on Terrorism and Security Studies at the George C. Marshall Center in Germany. Dr. Gorka worked as an analyst at the Rand Corporation and was a member of the Strategic Advisers Group on the Atlantic Council of the United States.

He has published in excess of 140 monographs, book chapters and articles, many for the JANES Group of the UK, and Special Warfare, the official publication of US Army Special Operations Command. Along with Dr. Chris Harmon and the late COL Nick Pratt (USMC), he was contributor and co-editor of Toward a Grand Strategy Against Terrorism (McGraw Hill). With Dr. David Kilcullen, he co-authored a study of Al Qaeda’s use of strategic communications for the Praeger title, Influence Warfare. His new book, Defeating Jihad: How America can win the war against radical Islam quickly and decisively using a secret Cold War strategy, will be published in 2016. He serves on the Board of Advisors for the Council for Emerging National Security Affairs (CENSA).

Dr. Gorka holds a Ph.D. in political science from Corvinus University in Budapest with his dissertation on “The Evolution of Terrorism: The Difference Between Cold War Political Violence and al Qaeda.” He was a Kokkalis Fellow at Harvard’s J. F. Kennedy School of Government focusing on public policy and international security, as well as an International Research Fellow at the NATO Defense College. He earned his Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy at Budapest University and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of London.

Dr. Gorka was born in the UK to parents who escaped Communism during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and is fluent in Hungarian with working knowledge of German and French. In the UK, he served with 22 Company of the Intelligence and Security Group (V) of the British Territorial Army reserve but is now a proud American. He is married to Katharine Cornell Gorka, President of the Threat Knowledge Group as well as the Council on Global Security.

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Dr. Pat Fagan
Sep
16
12:00 PM12:00

Dr. Pat Fagan

Dr. Pat Fagan is from Dublin, Ireland, where he trained as a psychologist before practicing in Canada for five years as a child, family and marriage therapist. He came American University to pursue doctoral studies in clinical psychology, but on discovering that a federally funded program was undermining the family life of one of his clients he concluded that the bigger madness was on Capitol Hill, and switched fields. He gradually learned to use the social sciences in the public discourse while working at The Free Congress Foundation, then for Senator Dan Coats of Indiana, then as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Family and Community Policy at HHS under President George Herbert Bush, and later at the Heritage Foundation as their first Fellow in Family and Culture Studies. After 13 years there he went to Family Research Council to found The Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI.us) there. Rather than writing books on social science findings (which only a small number would purchase and even smaller number would read), instead launched the online encyclopedia Marripedia.org which has generates thousands of hits per month. Pat contends that the social sciences well done cannot but illustrate the way God made man and thus are a great ally to those who uphold natural law while being a powerful threat to those who advocate the violation of natural law. MARRI, with the full support of FRC, has recently moved to The Catholic University of America to expand its work there.

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Thomas Farr
Jul
29
12:00 PM12:00

Thomas Farr

Thomas F. Farr is President of the Religious Freedom Institute, an NGO committed to achieving worldwide acceptance of religious liberty as a fundamental human right, the cornerstone of a successful society, and a source of national and international security.

Farr is also Associate Professor of the Practice of Religion and International Affairs at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, and Director of the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown’s Berkley Center. He is a senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, N.J, and a senior fellow at the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University.

A graduate of Mercer University, with a PhD in history from the University of North Carolina, Dr. Farr has served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Foreign Service. He has taught history at the U.S. Military Academy and international relations at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He was a State Department advisor to the American delegation during U.S.-Soviet arms control talks in Geneva, and led an interagency task force to draft verification provisions for the START II Treaty.

Between 1999 and 2003 Farr was the founding director of the State Department's Office of International Religious Freedom. He has served as director of the Witherspoon Institute's Task Force on International Religious Freedom, a member of the Chicago World Affairs Council’s Task Force on Religion and U.S. Foreign Policy, and a member of the Secretary of State’s working group on International Religious Freedom, Democracy, and Stability. Farr teaches regularly at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute in Washington DC, and is currently a consultant to the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference.

Dr. Farr is a contributing editor for the Review of Faith and International Affairs and of Providence: A Journal of Christianity and Foreign Policy. His work has appeared in many edited volumes, law journals, magazines, and newspapers, including the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, First Things, America Magazine, New York Times, and the Washington Post. He has appeared on PBS, America Abroad, Book TV, Al Jazeera, Alhurra, Fox News, EWTN, CBN, and many radio outlets. His first book, World of Faith and Freedom: Why International Religious Liberty is Vital to American National Security, was published by Oxford University Press.

Dr. Farr serves on the Administrative Board of Aid to the Church in Need; the Boards of Directors of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, Christian Solidarity Worldwide-USA, and the St. Veronica’s Rangers; and the Boards of Advisors of the Alexander Hamilton Society and the National Museum of American Religion. He has been recognized for lifetime contributions to religious freedom by the group In Defense of Christians, and is a recipient of the Jan Karski Wellspring of Freedom Award, presented by the Institute on Religion and Public Policy.

Dr. Farr’s wife, Margaret McPherson Farr, is a watercolor artist. They are Roman Catholics and have three daughters and ten grandchildren.

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Joseph Loconte
Jun
17
12:15 PM12:15

Joseph Loconte

  • Dirksen Building #342 Washington, DC, 20002 (map)
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Please join us for a lecture by Joseph Loconte. The topic of his lecture will be: "Tolkien, Lewis, and the Great War."

Joseph Loconte, PhD, is an associate professor of history at the King's College in New York City, where he teaches courses on Western Civilization and American foreign policy. He is the author of The End of Illusions: Religious Leaders Confront Hitler's Gathering Storm and, most recently, The Searchers: A Quest for Faith in the Valley of Doubt. He writes widely about international human rights, religious freedom, and the role of faith in U.S. foreign policy. His commentary has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and National Public Radio.

Loconte is also the author of A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918.

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Colin Moran
May
13
12:00 PM12:00

Colin Moran

  • 1539 Longworth HOB Washington, DC 20515 (map)
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Colin Moran has a B.A. from Duke University, an M. Stud. from Oxford University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. He worked from 1997-1999 as an investment banking associate at Goldman Sachs. From 1999-2005 he was an associate and then partner at Chieftain Capital. In 2006, he founded Abdiel Capital, a $400 million private investment fund that seeks to deliver attractive absolute returns and outperform the U.S. equity markets. He currently sits on the boards of First Things and the Chiaroscuro Foundation.

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John Inazu
Apr
29
12:00 PM12:00

John Inazu

  • 1539 Lonworth HOB Washington, DC, 20515 (map)
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John Inazu is a law professor at Washington University in St. Louis and the author of “Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference” (University of Chicago Press, 2016). He is a member of the board of trustees of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

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Yuval Levin
Mar
4
12:00 PM12:00

Yuval Levin

Yuval Levin is the editor of National Affairs. He is also the Hertog Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a senior editor of The New Atlantis, and a contributing editor to National Review and the Weekly Standard. He has been a member of the White House domestic policy staff (under President George W. Bush), executive director of the President’s Council on Bioethics, and a congressional staffer. His essays and articles have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, and First Things. He holds a BA from American University and a PhD from the University of Chicago.

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